MONTEGO BAY, St James — Village United scored back-to-back wins for the first time this season after blanking defending champions Harbour View 2-0 at Jarrett Park on Sunday to end the first round of the Digicel Premier League on a high.

Goals from Oliver Trail and Shavar Campbell gave Village only their third win of the season but four days after a 1-0 win over rock bottom St George’s SC ended a six-game winless run.

The win took them out of the relegation zone and into ninth place on 12 points and some breathing space for coach Christopher Russell, who took over in mid-round.

Russell had come under pressure from Village fans who voiced their disapproval of his tenure as the team lurched from one disappointment to the other.

The wins at Lynch Park and Jarrett Park, away from Elliston Wakeland Centre, were not lost on Russell, who told reporters after the game that he had hoped the wins would come in front of the fans.

He credited the wins to the hard work put in by the players in training, adding that not conceding a goal in the last two games was also a sign that the defensive schemes were working.

Harbour View’s Donovan Hayles was quick to write off the first round, saying they have to forget it and just aim at improving when the return round starts.

While insisting that they were not out of the running to retain their title, Hayles said bad decision making process by the players had factored in their not making it to the end-of-round final and finishing in sixth place after the first 11 games.

Harbour View were chasing the game early after Trail rose unchallenged and headed powerfully past Michaud Barrett in the fourth minute of the game.

The east Kingston team came back immediately, but Marcelino Blackburn’s powerful free kick from just on the edge of the area was well saved by veteran goalkeeper Elvis Hart, going to his right to push it away for a corner.

Three minutes later Rafeik Thomas headed a cross just wide from close range.

Harbour View had yet another good chance to score late in the half when Andre Fagan, who had a goal ruled out for off-side, lobbed the ball just inches past the goalkeeper’s right post.

It was Village who were more assertive at the start of the second half however with the speedy strike pair of Campbell and Romando Anderson creating problems in the Harbour View defence.

The pressure paid off as 19 minutes into the half, Campbell found a way past Barrett again after the Harbour View defence failed to clear a ball out of danger and the forward pounced on it and steered it into the goal.

Harbour View had one good chance in the half but Richard Edwards cannoned the ball off the near right hand post.


Village United — Elvis Hart, Jerome Eccleston, Winston Wilkinson, Rohan Bernard, Fitzroy Campbell, Orlando McBayne, Troy Smith, Oliver Trail, Shavar Campbell (Teafore Bennett 90th), Romando Anderson (Dino Williams 73rd), Ronique Francis (Everette Mullings 75th)
Subs not used: K Hamilton, A Williams, J Eccleston, A Nickles,
Booked: Trail (63rd), Mullings (83rd

Harbour View: Michaud Barrett, Dicoy Williams, Montrose Phinn, Jaron Richards, Daveion Woodhouse, Richard Edwards, John-Ross Edwards (Romario Campbell 65th), Marcelino Blackburn (Oneil Fisher 72nd), Nicholas Beckett, Andre Fagan, Rafeik Thomas (Jahmali Spence 67th)
Subs not used: D Haughton, L Hodges, F Campbell, L Nelson
Booked: Richards (47th)

Referee: Karl Tyrell
Assistant Referees: Recordus Wilson, Nicholas Anderson
Fourth Official: Donat McKenley
Match Commissary: Tracey Reid

CLARENDON PARK, Clarendon — Defending champions Harbour View were second best for most of the game, but still managed to carve out a 1-0 win over Sporting Central Academy in their Digicel Premier League midweek fixture at Brancourt yesterday.

Christopher Harvey lashed home a deflected free-kick in time added, as the ‘Stars of the East’ rebounded from their shock 0-1 loss to newcomers Benfica FC on Sunday.

They have now improved to 16 points, three above Sporting Central, who were suffering their fifth defeat of the season, four of which have come at home.

Harbour View’s coach Donovan Hayles thought his team did well to keep out a “spirited” Sporting Central team and get the goal at the right time.
“I thought it was a very hard game,” he said. “Sporting Central is a quality team and they came at us, but we defended well and found the winner at the opportune time. These three points are very important to us and we will just have to keep working to keep pace with the leaders,” he said.
After a dull first half, both teams produced end-to-end action early in the second, but it was the hosts who looked likely to take the lead with a number of teasing attacks.

The guests were, however, able to withstand the onslaught and then find the winner with a bit of luck as the game withered away — Harvey driving home a grounded free-kick, which took a deflection and wrong footed Jacomeno Barrett between the sticks for Sporting.

Sporting Central –– Jacomeno Barrett, Dale Watson, David Boswell, JeVaughn Watson, Hughan Gray (Francois Swaby 64th), Levaughn Williams, Camaal Reid, Renoir Elliot, Romaine Barnes, Marlon Allen, Oneke Ford (Damarly Samuels 86th).
Subs not used: A Blake, K Bascom, D Campbell, J Powell, T Alves.
Booked: D Watson (30th), J Watson (32nd)

Harbour View — Michard Barrett, Dicoy Williams, Monthrose Phinn, Christopher Harvey, Daveion Woodhouse, Richard Edwards, John-Ross Edwards (Jahmali Spence 73rd), Marcelino Blackburn, Romario Campbell (63rd), Andre Fagan, Rafique Thomas (Kavin Bryan 62nd).
Subs not used: D Haughton, N Beckett, Fabian Campbell, K Lawrence.
Booked: R Edwards (13th), Woodhouse (26th), Harvey (79th)
Referee: Courtney Campbell Assistants: Garnet Page, Stacy-Ann Greyson Fourth Official: Doyen Tummings Match Commissary: Ewan Scott

Harbour View’s shock 1-0 defeat to newly-promoted Benfica at their Harbour View Mini Stadium home ground on Sunday in the Digicel Premier League sent shock waves across the league and also sank the defending champions to seventh place in the 12-team competition.
The east Kingston-based team has already lost four of their opening nine matches and has a mere 13 points to show for their efforts; hardly the start one would expect from one of the most successful teams in the country.

However, poor starts are nothing new to Harbour View. In fact, at this stage of last year’s championship-winning campaign, the Donovan Hayles-coached outfit had only chalked up three more points compared to this season’s tally. They were, however, undefeated at this stage and went on to close the round on 22 points and place third.

Hayles is, however, far from being perturbed about his team’s stuttering start, and claims to be focusing on the bigger picture of topping the table at the end of the 38 rounds of matches.

“This isn’t the first time I am losing, so I’m not overly bothered by it. We don’t view the situation as anything to hang our heads over. We have our eyes set on the bigger goal and we have a very long way to go, so we aren’t worried,” Hayles said.
The coach was also quick to highlight the work done by Benfica, applauding their counter-attacking play and defensive discipline.
“First of all we must give Benfica credit. I think they played very well on the counter. We dominated the game but were unable to crack their defensive line,” said Hayles.

Close margin

“Benfica are a quality team, they have won some games and have lost some by a close margin, so that tells that they can play,” Hayles pointed out. “They are only new in terms of the club being in the league, but there are quite a few players who are well accustomed to the Premier League and are able to create some damage. It’s only a pity that it happened against us.”

Despite the setback, Hayles is confident that his team will bounce back. He also criticised his team’s lack of consistency.
“For me, the consistency is the key thing. We have been winning games and then coming back to lose. We have to start winning on a consistent basis, and that is something that we will have to work on,” said Hayles. “We want to finish off this round with two wins, and that is what we will be working towards.”

Martin Davis and Kaya Beckford who travelled to Spain this year on a one week scholarship to the Valencia Football Club Summer camp have both impressed the Spanish coaches and have been called back to Spain to pursue their training. The summer scholarships were awarded to the boys following their outstanding performance at the Next Generation Valencia CF Easter Football Camp held in Jamaica earlier this year.

Davis, 12, has been accepted to the Valencia CF Academy to work with the under 17 second team and begins his semester at the end of October. Beckford, on the other hand, will be joining the E1 Valencia Academy. Both boys will attend the prestigious Caxton College, a British curriculum school considered to be one of the best British schools in Spain with excellent academic results and exceptional educational and sporting facilities.
According to Howard McIntosh of the JFF, “This is a significant accomplishment for these youngsters and for Jamaica on a whole. The Jamaica Football Federation is tremendously proud to be associated with the Next Generation camps which have really delivered on its promise to develop Jamaican football at the youth level. The Valencia camps for both footballers and coaches are of the highest standard, and the opportunity for select players to train in Spain makes the prospect even more valuable for Jamaica.”

Valencia born Victor Salazar-Chang, principal of The Next Generation VCF Camp, says “My vision is truly being realized. We started the annual camp earlier this year in the hopes of raising the bar for youth football by introducing Spanish style strategies and techniques … I never expected that any of the kids would go on, after the first staging, to train in Valencia. The truth is that there is so much natural talent here that we envision Jamaica, through initiatives such as these, dominating in the football arena as they do in other sporting disciplines such as track and field. Ultimately, my personal dream is for a Jamaican to play for Valencia and I believe it will become a reality sooner rather than later.” Salazar went on to thank all the camp sponsors especially presenting sponsors Claro and Scotiabank, and added that Scotia has even committed a further one thousand US dollars (US$1000.00)each to assist the boys with their training.

The Next Generation VCF Camp, a subsidiary of Taino Trade and Investment Limited, has since staged a very successful camp in Bermuda, from which three more scholarship winners were selected, and plan two more in the first quarter of next year in Cayman and Jamaica in March and April respectively.

The Next Generation VCF Camps are part of the Valencia Football Club’s ongoing efforts to promote the club internationally. According to Salazar, “It is a remarkable opportunity for Jamaican kids not just to benefit from Valencia’s know-how and strategies on local soil but to travel to Spain and participate in the Club experience first-hand”. He adds, “We are also working on opening up the opportunity to even more kids as we expect Valencia CF to set up a permanent school in Jamaica in a few years. Our two ambassadors have made us proud and have really paved the way for even more exciting developments.”

The Valencia internationalization effort has already seen the establishment of the first official Valencia school outside of Spain in Kobe, Japan, and camps in Scotland and Wales. A second school is slated to be opened later this year (2010) in Cairo, Egypt. Jamaica has already hosted one of its three scheduled annual camps and the Valencia CF has committed to establishing a permanent Campus in Jamaica by 2013.

Along with presenting sponsors Scotiabank and Claro, other sponsors of the Jamaican camp included Pepsi, Spanish Court Hotel, Western Sports, the Spanish/Jamaica Foundation, American Airlines, KFC and snack sponsors Keebler and Herrs, and was endorsed by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, the Embassy of Spain, the Spanish Jamaica Foundation, the University of the West Indies and the Jamaica Football Federation.

Digicel Premier League defending champions, Harbour View, came from behind to overturn Westmoreland’s Reno 2-1 at Frome yesterday in a tough encounter which could have gone either way.

Harbour View leapfrogged Reno to 13 points and sixth, while Reno slipped to seventh as they remained on 11.

Reno displayed the better quality football for most of the first half and duly took the lead in the 32nd minute when Christopher Harris, who had come on for Fabian Blake, who suffered a cramp, scored the opening goal. He had been on the field less than a minute when he scored.

Goalkeeping blunders

This goal brought the fight out of the east Kingston team, and their resilience paid off through a goalkeeping blunder. Marcelino Blackburn cracked a shot to goal and it was poorly handled by Dennis Taylor, who allowed the ball to slip from his grasp into the goal.

Taylor blundered a second time and Harbour View capitalised to scored a second goal, which won the game 2-1. The goal came in the 46th. Harbour View attacked from the kick-off and earned a foul. Jermaine Hue made good the resulting free kick, which deflected off a defender in the wall and, again, poor handling on the part of Taylor in the Reno goal sent the Kingstonians celebrating.

Red cards

Both Omar Johnson of Reno and Kemeel Wolfe of Harbour View picked up red cards in the 86th minute, missing out on eight minutes of action in a game which had four minutes added due to a heated confrontation between the two.

Picking up four points from three straight home games is not exactly what the technical director for Reno, Wendell Downswell, wanted, but he is optimistic that their next match, away against Sporting Central, will be a different ball game.

Donovan Hayles blamed their poor first-half performance to motor-vehicle problems. “We had some vehicle problems coming here, so we were late in arriving. The players changed in the bus in order to take the field on time and not lose the points, so I must congratulate the players for doing so well, even though we did not have enough time to prepare for the game.”

Neither of the teams complained about the conditions, even though there was non-stop rain at Frome throughout the entire game.

Tivoli Gardens Football Club head coach, Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, hailed the fighting spirit of his team after battling diligently to carve out a 1-0 win over defending champions Harbour View, in the Digicel Premier League match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday.

A first-half strike by the team’s top scorer, Navion Boyd, secured the crucial points for the West Kingston team, who were beating the Stars of the East for the first time in their last three league matches.

The win also came on the heels of a tough 1-0 loss to Waterhouse, in their previous encounter at Drewsland, and Bailey believes the team’s determination to recover from that setback – though playing against the title-holders – showed their desire to reclaim the crown.

“The team really worked; we had to dig deep and we fought. To become a champion that is how it goes sometimes, it won’t always flow and look pretty,” Bailey said following the game.

“After a disappointing loss against Waterhouse we are back on track and that was very important for us. We didn’t want to lose two straight, the win has lifted the team and we look forward to moving on,” he added.

Boyd made the telling contribution in the 31st minute, drifting inside his marker after collecting a pass from strike partner Devon Hodges to blast the ball past Harbour View custodian, Michaud Barrett, and into the back of the net.

A deserved lead

Despite little goalmouth action in the first 20 minutes, the lead for the home team had been a deserved one, having looked more enterprising in their forward play.

A lively Boyd, who signalled his intention with a 25-yard long-range blast, which went wide of goal in the opening minutes, was always likely to be the one to inflict the damage.

In fact, Tivoli, who regularly found pockets of space to cut through the Harbour View midfield, had a good chance to take the lead five minutes earlier, but splendid link-up play, which had culminated in Boyd playing midfielder Kevin Blackford through on goal, failed to produce fruit, with the latter failing to make any solid contact.

In the second half, however, Harbour View gradually began to find space of their own with midfielder Jermaine Hue, who was not at his best, beginning to exert more influence on the game.

Tivoli also began to concede several free kicks just outside their 18-yard area, but Hue failed to repeat his midweek heroics by curling one into the net, which had seen the Stars of the East thrash Boys’ Town 5-1.

Harbour View substitute, Romario Campbell, almost got his name on the score-sheet in the 80th minute, but saw his long-range effort go just wide of goal after eluding two defenders.

“I don’t think we should have walked away empty handed but that’s how the game goes. We would have hoped to have continued our goalscoring trend but today we had a drought,” said Harbour View’s coach, Donovan Hayles.

“In the second half we got more shots than we did in the first, and I was pleased with how the substitutes responded. Overall, I am pleased we dominated this game, but I am disappointed we did not come away with a draw or all three points.”

Defending champions Harbour View, on the back of fantastic goalkeeping from the much maligned Michaud Barrett, clinical finishing from their strikers and loose defending by Boys’ Town, slammed the Red Brigade 5-1 in the Digicel Premier League, at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium on Wednesday evening. It is the biggest margin of victory for the season so far.

Jermaine Hue, in his first start for the season, scored twice – in the 14th and 56th minutes – with John-Ross Edwards (47th), Rafeik Thomas (78th) and Marcelino Blackburn also finding the back of the net. Renae Lloyd registered Boys’ Town’s lone goal in the 72nd minute.

Boys’ Town dominated early, but it was Harbour View who went ahead in the 14th minute. An ill-advised foul by Dameon Benjamin on Andre Fagan outside the 18-yard box was all that Jermaine Hue needed. From 22-yards, out he curled in an unstoppable left-footer into the top right hand corner of the net.

Boys Town responded immediately and earned themselves a free kick from 30-yards out which Xavian Virgo blasted high. Barrett would show his class in the 23rd minute, when with cat-like reflexes, he moved to his left to parry a solid blast by Shane Edwards from just inside the 18-yard box, after Marvin Morgan had picked Montrose Phinn’s pocket around the 18-yard box.

Seven minutes later, Boys’ Town would again fail to find the back of the net, when captain Michael Campbell headed a corner back across the goal to Edwards who headed over from six yards, with his back to goal.

Quick second-half goal

Harbour View struck quickly in the second half through the hard-running and trigger-happy John-Ross Edwards. With both central defenders Anthowe Dawkins and Asrick Samuels focusing on the very physical Jahmali Spence, they lost sight of the ball and Edwards blasted home with glee from just inside the 18-yard box.

With Hue’s second goal, courtesy of a delightful pass from Spence on the right flank, which was rammed into the top left hand corner, the fight left Boys’ Town.

Lloyd’s goal came from the penalty spot, as he was hacked down by Dicoy Williams as he tried to turn home a rebound from Bennett’s shot which had struck the left upright.

It was all too late, after Thomas capitalised on the confusion in the Boys’ Town defence to head home a Hue free kick and Blackburn guided home the fifth after substitute Kemeel Wolfe’s effort was blocked by goalkeeper Kirk Porter.

At the end, both coaches were left reflecting on what could have been.

“To be honest with you, I have to look at the football very objectively. In the first 45 minutes we could have easily been down 0-4 to this Boys’ Town team, they created a lot of chances.

“Their attack was giving us a lot of problems and putting us on the back foot and I have always stressed that a good goalkeeper is 90 per cent of your team, and it showed tonight,” said Harbour View’s Donovan Hayles.

Boys’ Town’s Andrew Price would have been happy with better defending and finishing from his charges.

“I think defensively, we weren’t aware, and against a good team like Harbour View, if you don’t play well defensively, you are going to pay, and I think they really gave us a good schooling. It is a wake-up call to our team,” Price said.

HARBOUR View’s franchise player Jermaine Hue on Sunday night proved exactly why he was handed the captain’s armband and a starting spot in the defending champions’ line-up against Waterhouse, after just two weeks on the training pitch.

After forcing a diving save from Richard McCallum, shooting 25 yards out off his dangerous left foot in the 12th minute, with his team a goal down, Hue curled in a 38th-minute free kick for Andre Fagan to head home the equaliser for a 1-1 draw at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.

Despite Waterhouse captain Kenardo Forbes getting referee Oneil Clayton to have cheeky Hue correctly take his spot kick a yard or two farther on the right of the 18-yard box, that did not stop the Harbour View captain from putting the ball on Fagan’s forehead, as the striker outjumped McCallum to flash his header into goal.

However, the draw took Harbour View no closer to the lead now shared by Waterhouse, Portmore and Boys’ Town on 10 points, on an evening when all but one match was drawn in the Digicel Premier League.

The defending champions stayed seventh, edging up to seven points, one of five teams with as many to their tally.

Own-goal blunder

Coach Donovan Hayles thought they got enough chances to have taken full points at home, after central defender Dicoy Williams, under pressure from Waterhouse forward Peter Keyes, turned in an own goal to give Waterhouse a 1-0 lead.

Striker Jermaine Anderson’s low square from the right caught Williams scrambling for a clearance inside the six-yard box, with Keyes bearing down on him. The ball spun off his foot and past Michaud Barrett, with Keyes appearing to claim the goal.

“I think we totally dominated the match. We just failed to get the ball into the back of the net,” Hayles said, after watching Fagan get other chances in the second half and Marcellino Blackburn’s powerful half-volley from the left nicked the crossbar and rebound into play in the 59th minute.

The only moment for Waterhouse, he said, was when they scored, “but we took control and totally possessed the ball after that”.

Just as they did the previous week against Reno in a 1-0 home win, Waterhouse started strong but failed to maintain their momentum in the second half, getting few chances and surviving many.

Andre Thomas got their best chance to add a second goal, two minutes before the first half ended, when he kicked into the side netting from close range.

Another Jamaican footballer is looking to make the switch to the developing United States’ Major League Soccer.

Harbour View’s Kevin Wooley is the most recent player aiming to ply his trade abroad. He is slated to undergo a one-week training stint with Kansas City Wizards from September 6-11.

The 25-year-old is grateful for the opportunity and is looking to take full advantage of it.

“This is my first trial outside of Jamaica with a professional team, so I am looking forward to grabbing this opportunity with my two hands,” said Wooley. “I don’t want them to have any second thoughts; I just want to give them a good impression in the first week of training so they can realise that I can be a really good asset to the team,” he added.

Wooley was provided with the opportunity after former St George’s College player, Erine Spence, connected him with agent Brian James. James then went in search of a club for Wooley.

The fullback came up through Harbour View’s academy having joined the club at age 13. He has netted once for Harbour View’s senior team, but suffered a major setback in 2008 following ligament damage to his ankle.

“I played about seven games that season (2008-2009) as I had to be trying to get fit,” said Wooley. “When I got injured I did not take it very serious and continued to play. I was going on vacation at the end of the season and informed my physiotherapist that I had been feeling pain in my ankle. He told me that when I got back we would sort it out. When I got back to Jamaica in September of last year, I did therapy right up to November,” he explained.

He conceded that he felt saddened last season watching from the sidelines as Harbour View went on to crown themselves Digicel Premier League champions.

Wooley said: “I am a member of the team, so if I don’t play and they win I feel good, but not as good as the players on the field. Sometimes I wished I could play with the injury, but I didn’t want to cheat the team, as I would not be able to give 100 per cent.”

He has now made a full recovery and is looking forward to joining fellow Reggae Boy Shevar Thomas at Kansas City Wizards. The Wizards currently lie fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Buff Bay, Portland — Defending champions Harbour View pipped 10-man St Georges SC on Sunday in their Digicel Premier League game at Lynch Park.

Kamar Petrekin (53rd) and Romario Campbell (80th) were on target for the victors, while Girvan Brown (64th minute) replied for St Georges.

In a keenly contested game, Harbour View had a slight advantage of the first half as they launched a number of attacks led by Marcelino Blackburn, Petrekin, Rafeik Thomas and Campbell, but Richardo Taylor, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Thomas and Shawn Hunter defended stoutly.

St Georges countered through Leon Irving, Horace James and Dever Orgill, but they could not find at way through Montrose Phinn, Dicoy Williams and Jaron Richards.
St Georges were reduced to 10 players when Orgill and Kimarllie Brissett were involved in a tussle, and Orgill was penalised immediately sent to the showers by referee Kevin Thomas for violent conduct in the 36th minute. Brissett was also cautioned.

The second half saw Harbour View taking early advantage of the extra player and earned two quick corners. They took the lead when St Georges lost the ball in midfield and Jaron Richards passed to Petrekin, who fired past Randal Huie to his left, as the ball lodged into the net.

A rejuvenated St Georges went into attack mode through Girvon Brown, Irving and Horace James. In a two-man combination they got the equaliser when Brown beat Michard Barrett just after the hour mark.

Harbour View regained the lead when Campbell slotted home, even as the home team protested for offside.

Winning coach Donovan Hayles was pleased with the result. “We had to fight hard to come away with a 2-1 victory and we are very happy getting the three points. St Georges did well and they are a difficult team to play despite down to 10 players. They did extremely well.”

Raymond Gordon was pleased with some aspects of his team’s game despite the loss. “I am disappointed but the officials have to do what they have to do. We got some chances that we did not take and if we don’t we can’t win these games. They played well with the 10 players as the red card to Orgill set us back.”